Literature, lights and sights

A literary theme snakes through the area like limestone through the hills. There’s a magical day out at Harry Potter World, and interactive galleries behind the chocolate doors of the Roald Dahl Museum. Grown-ups can take the fast line to Baker Street for London’s lights and sights or stay local for riding, walking, and dining.

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There’s plenty here to knock the kids out after a long day, and number one on the list must be Harry Potter World. See the costumes, props and sets from the series, plus a recreation of Hogwarts’ magical Great Hall.

The literary theme continues behind the chocolate doors of the Roald Dahl Museum, with its interactive galleries, drop-in craft sessions and free storytelling sessions. Elsewhere, get creative with pottery at the Bojangles Café, get lost in the yew mazes at Chenies Manor, or get inspired by the Great Outdoors at Penn Woods.

Make a splash on the water slides at Chiltern Pools, brave the open-air pool at Chesham, with inflatable fun sessions, aqua aerobics and aqua zumba, or scale the walls at The Climb. Trot along to Rose Hall Farm or Aescwood for off-road hacking, jumping and cross-country.

Kids can let off serious steam at Wendover Woods. Pack the games console away and explore the undergrowth, hide in trees and ride bikes. Deep in the forest, find the play area, with its swings, slides, climbing frames and challenging ropes trail.

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Turn one way for the glorious Chiltern Way footpaths that meander across hill and dale. Turn the other for the fast line to Baker Street and the lights and sights of one of the most glittering cities on Earth.

Back in your rural Buckinghamshire haven, you’ll be glad you brought your bikes, even if it’s just to pedal to the cafes, coffee and cakes in lovely old towns like Old Amersham, Little Chalfont and Little Missenden. In Chesham, pick up local beers in the Brewery Shop or catch an act at the Elgiva Theatre.

Fish the trout rivers by request, ride the Chiltern Hills, try farm-fresh produce from Britain’s greenest market, go back in time to haunted Chenies Manor and Berkhamsted Castle, or climb Haddington Hill or Ivinghoe Beacon.

The birds sing, the brooks babble, yet you’re just five minutes from Amersham tube. Thirty minutes later, you’ll be riding the London Eye, seeing a show on Drury Lane or cruising the Thames beneath Tower Bridge. At the end of a long day, you’ll leave the hubbub behind for a deep sleep in your rural cradle.